“The key to sustained happiness, health, and longevity is flexibility.” –Ev Duran There is a parable here in Afghanistan about a mule and a well that speaks to the value of flexibility in our lives. Having fallen into a shallow well, an Afghan farmer’s mule brayed incessantly while the farmer and his son considered their » Read More
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Are you empowering your people to greater success? This is a self-assessment process to determine the degree to which others are being empowered under your leadership. Prescriptive actions to create a more empowering environment are provided as you learn more about your empowerment style. Step 1 Write down every decision made for one week. Include » Read More
When you are a leader, you are working with people. How you view people would have the greatest leadership impact on your careers as a leader. How you interact and motivate is an ongoing challenge. But leadership is a team sport. We all need one another to create great teams. As a leader, what dialogue » Read More
In a refreshing interview, CEO Jim Franklin shares his company’s views on employee engagement. SendGrid’s approach to job design is both exhilarating and gutsy.
You probably don’t know anyone who wakes up in the morning, bright and chipper, and says, “I’m looking forward to failing today.” But failure happens to all of us. You make mistakes, you overlook the obvious, or you miss an important piece of information you need to make a key decision. The good news is » Read More
With all the talk about Employee Engagement it seems as leaders we are primarily asking the question “Are THEY engaged?” You may well be fully engaged, but if you are a leader and expecting something (like engagement!) from others it is critical that you take a look in the mirror and honestly assess whether you » Read More
Knife or Screwdriver Picture yourself sitting down at a dining room table to change the batteries in a child’s toy. You flip the toy upside down and discover that a small screw fastens the panel you need to open to get at the batteries. On your table is a butter knife with a thin edge. » Read More
Some believe you should just ignore skeptics. Others believe you have to at least try to enroll them. While I do believe you should focus your energy on the believers, especially in the beginning of any new endeavor, I also don’t think skeptics can or should be ignored. I can tell you that those who » Read More
During and after the recent Boulder flooding, emergency officials asked people to stay home. I followed these orders. For two days. But I’m not good at sitting around and waiting if someone needs help. I think many employees feel the same way.
What happened to ‘employee involvement’? Has it gone out of vogue? Has it been replaced by new initiatives? These are questions I’ve come up against recently as I’ve worked with organizations across a variety of industries. The most pointed (and poignant) way I’ve heard the issue raised was from a gracious, intelligent, capable professional who » Read More